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Christmas At Concordia: Journey To Bethlehem

Airs Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Members of the Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota perform René Clausen's setting of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Celebrate the holiday season with "Christmas At Concordia: Journey To Bethlehem." In this new special, nationally recognized composer and conductor René Clausen of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota re-imagines Christmas, taking viewers of all faiths and traditions on a musical journey.

The college’s 83rd annual concert combines the pageantry of opera, the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks, and the intimacy of delicate solos. Taped on multiple stages and featuring 450 musicians in both large and small ensembles, the program’s diverse selections include sacred seasonal favorites and original compositions by René Clausen.

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Christmas At Concordia: Video Extra

Above: Paul Johnson, artist, created the massive mural for the Concordia Christmas Concerts (Moorhead, Minnesota) with his MacBook Pro, Illustrator and 44 rolls of 4 foot wide large format printer output. See how it all comes together.

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The Concordia Choir: "Ave Maria"

Above: The Concordia Choir from Moorhead, MN sings Franz Biebl's enchanting arrangement of "Ave Maria" from the Chanticleer Choral Series. This performance was filmed in the Lagerquist Concert Hall on the campus of the Pacific Lutheran University on The Concordia Choir's 2009 National Tour with René Clausen conducting.